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2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking in the city in general is terrible. It's usually difficult to find a parking spot that doesn't cost you any money. The school has a parking garage but in order to park there you need a parking permit and it's not cheap at all. It's best to take public transportation to campus. But if you really need to drive to school then by all means get the expensive parking permit.

3 Niche User

Parking: If you're a student, you can park in the garage underneath a building in the main academic campus, otherwise, you're screwed. It's Boston and the downside of a big city is the lack of space for parking anywhere reasonable.

2 College Freshman

Parking: You can park on academic campus in the garage, but if you don't validate (and being honest, it's difficult for parents to validate without students help), you'll be charged $50.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: I've never used the parking garage, but I sometimes hear complaints about the price and length of time you can park for

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking on campus is not too bad, if you are alright with walking 5 minutes from the academic campus and paying a $12 fee when you leave. If you are trying to get parking right next to the residence campus or on the residence campus, its generally not too hard but it can run a bit of money if you choose to park on the street with the parking meters.

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Even if you can survive the manners of crazed Boston drivers, good luck finding a parking spot. Simmons’s small size becomes a disadvantage when trying to find parking. Faculty and staff are offered parking, but there is no on-campus parking for students. Resident students are not allowed to park on the Residence Campus or at the Main Campus Building.

During the winter—the one time you would really want a spot—parking becomes more difficult or even prohibited. It is not rare to see a car completely covered with snow after a plow has just moved through the streets. Good luck digging that out. Visitors to the Residence Campus often park along the meters on Boylston. Make sure you’ve stocked up on quarters to feed the meters, and make sure they are working. Many overnight guests find themselves with the unpleasant surprise of an electric orange parking ticket. The parking officers have no sympathy when writing a ticket.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $300 per semester for full-time commuter students
  • Parking permits are not given to resident students due to restricted parking.
Best Places to Find a Spot
Street parking: Park Drive, Peterborough, Pilgrim Road, Brookline
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
On a game day, good luck finding a spot anywhere.
Getting a Parking Permit
Simmons does not permit any overnight parking for students. Full-time commuter students can obtain a permit to park in the garage, or they can pay an hourly rate.
Parking Services
Office of Public Safety
Main College Building, Room E-007
(617) 521-2289

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 39 responses

  • 0% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 3% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 18% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 23% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 18% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 38% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 38 responses

Very poor
  • Distance from class
  • Distance from dorms
  • Ease of finding a spot
  • Parking enforcement
  • Permit cost
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